This year will see two women competing at the FA Cup of Darts as Sherrock joins Ashton at the UK Open darts.
With Lisa Ashton having secured her tour card at Q-School in January the PDC UK Open darts was already guaranteed a female participant and Fallon Sherrock will now be joining her in Minehead.
The Riley’s UK Open qualifier in Wolverhampton was the event Fallon Sherrock chose to enter and went toe to the oche with a massive 203 other hopefuls. With only 1 qualifier spot available this event looked set to be a war of attrition and so it proved to be.
Our very own Jonty was there with his dad Nigel and brother Henry as they went to support family friend Nathan Richards. When they arrived bright and early Fallon was already there and as expected was swamped with autograph hunters and her management had a job on trying to give her the space to focus and practice.
This didn’t prevent Fallon from grabbing herself a quick chat and a picture with Henry who she remembered meeting at the Welsh Open darts three years ago:
Lovely to meet young Henry today, what a lovely boy…… his dream is to be famous, I have no doubt he will be, such an inspirational young man 😘 pic.twitter.com/J8gFZtupoN
— Fallon Sherrock (@Fsherrock) February 1, 2020
After signing the flights she gave him and taking their address to send some more of her memorabilia it was down to business.
With the doors having opened at 9am and play not starting until around 1 pm this was set to be a long day and so it proved with the final not taking place until well past 11pm with the finalists having spent over 14 hours at the venue.
With big names such as Kevin Painter and James Richardson present it wasn’t going to be an easy day either.
Sherrock actually defeated former tour card holder James Richardson in the quarter final before taking the event with a 5-1 win over Stuart White.
Last 8 yesterday at the Wolverhampton UK Open qualifier beaten by @Fsherrock 4-0 you was world class and well done after going on to take your deserved spot at Minehead.
— James Richardson (@JamesR501) February 2, 2020
Further proof that women’s darts is on fire and that darts is a sport where everyone competes on a level playing field and knows no boundaries!
With the open draw format there is a very real possibility that Fallon vs Lisa could be one of the matches taking place at Butlins Minehead 6-8 March 2020.
Lisa and Fallon aren’t the first women to take part in the UK Open, for more on this please check out Matthew Edgar’s video on the subject: